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Written by Barbara
(4/22/2003 1:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: But is it really? ;-), penned by Tori Marie
A lot of the books Catherine has been reading, and Udolpho in particular, is set in the south of France and in Italy. And despite Catherine's earlier claim that she felt that she knew just what it must be like from the author's description, it really gives only a vague notion of what it is like there. Radcliffe's writing, especially, is filled with anachronisms with references to customs and objects that were certainly nowhere near southern France in the late 1500s--but to have her story set in a faraway time and place lends an aura of mystery to it.
However, the funny part is that even what the 'well-read' (as JA refers to her) Catherine 'thinks' she knows about these other parts of the world is third hand information from an inaccurate source.
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